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Oesophagus cancer, has it spread?

12 Sep 2019 20:21

My dad (80+ Yr old) was diagnosed with cancer at the base of the oesophagus early this year. He received chemo drugs and infusions. He went for his scan and they have found a thickening further up the oesophagus so he will need more treatment, a different type, the injections every other week. 

He can eat much better than he did before so we thought it had done a good job of working but is this the cancer spreading? And can the 'new' cancer that has spread not react to the same drugs... Mutating?

I'm just looking for more info as my parents are skimming the surface with their answers.


Oesophagus cancer, has it spread?

13 Sep 2019 16:08 in response to Jambino

Hello Jambino and thanks for posting, 

I can understand you asking, but I'm afraid I can't offer any clarity because I am not involved in your dad's care.

I am afraid I don't know what is causing this thickening, it might not have anything to do with the oesophageal cancer, but I just don't know and nor do I know what sort of injection has been suggested. With your dad's permission, you might be able to speak to the doctors and find out more. 

It is hard not knowing exactly what is happening, but sometimes it isn't possible to find out either and you just have to wait for things to unfold. 

I am sorry we can't help. Do give us a call if you want to talk anything over.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9-5, Mon-Fri.

Take care,